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Buser's dogs have their day...Lindros takes a break...Razorbacks stay on track

The course record for the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, by Martin Buser and his 13-dog team. Buser covered the 1,159-mile course from Anchorage to Nome, Alaska, in 10 days, 19 hours and 17 minutes—bettering by nearly six hours the mark set in 1990 by Susan Butcher, who finished second this year, 60 miles behind. It was the ninth Iditarod and first victory for the Swiss-born Buser, whose two sons, Nikolai and Rohn, are named after checkpoints along the route. Known as the Singing Musher for his habit of serenading his dogs on the trail, Buser gave all credit for the win to his canine teammates. "I was just the lucky guy who was driving," he said.

On Ice
For now, the career of junior hockey star Eric Lindros. "I'm getting tired of the whole show," Lindros, 19, said in a press conference last week before his final game with the junior league Oshawa Generals. Chosen first overall in last summer's NHL draft by the Quebec Nordiques, Lindros has refused to sign with the club—despite a reported $55 million offer—and may fly to the San Diego Gulls of the International Hockey League for next season. Or he might sit out a season and sign with an NHL expansion club in 1993. "For now," said Lindros, who plans to return to York University in the spring, "it's time to lay low."

With a $3,000 fine by the NBA, Golden State Warrior coach Don Nelson, for his comments suggesting that league referees were biased against the Warriors' Lithuanian guard, Sarunas Marciulionis. "We cannot allow individuals to level such charges without substantiation," said NBA vice-president Rod Thorn. According to Thorn, an NBA investigation found no evidence of discrimination. "It was never our intent to gain a competitive edge," said Nelson of his allegations. "Our sole purpose was to have Sarunas Marciulionis treated and respected like every other NBA player."

"In the interest of passenger safety," former IBF heavyweight champion Tony Tucker. Tucker, aboard an airliner flying from Los Angeles to Dallas, reportedly became abusive and began shouting obscenities when flight attendants asked him to fasten his seat belt. The pilot made an unscheduled landing in Phoenix, and the 237-pound Tucker—who had his IBF belt unfastened by Mike Tyson in 1987—was removed from the plane by police and FBI agents. No charges were filed, though Tucker may still face a Federal Aviation Administration fine.

A record ninth-straight NCAA indoor track and field championship, by the University of Arkansas men's team and coach John McDonnell. Competing in the Hoosier Dome in Indianapolis, the Razorbacks matched the NCAA Division I record for consecutive titles in any sport, held by three other schools—Yale (men's golf, 1905-13), USC (men's track, '35-43) and Iowa (wrestling, '78-86). Arkansas sophomore Erick Walder won both the long and triple jumps—the first athlete to complete that double in the NCAA meet since Mike Conley, another Razorback, in '85.



It was home, sweet Nome, for Buser and his team.